WPC: Reflections

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Let us reflect upon reflections….

According to Miriam Webster’s Dictionary

: an image that is seen in a mirror or on a shiny surface

There was enough light in this moment, on this very overcast day, for the evergreen trees to reflect their beautiful living green onto the still water of the pond.

There was enough light in this moment, on this very overcast day, for the evergreen trees to reflect their beautiful living green onto the still water of the pond.

: something that shows the effect, existence, or character of something else

The whitecaps on the York river reflect what a windy morning we've had ahead of the next weather front.

The whitecaps on the York river reflect what a windy morning we’ve had ahead of the next weather front.

:  consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose

These waterways along the Colonial Parkway are protected by the Federal Government, and offer important habitat for migrating birds.

These waterways along the Colonial Parkway are protected , and offer important habitat for migrating birds.

:  a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane

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:  a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system

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: careful thought, especially the process of reconsidering previous actions, events, or decisions

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: something that clearly shows something

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The Free Dictionary

: Mental concentration; careful consideration.

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: implicit or explicit attribution of discredit or blame

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: Energy diverted back from the interface of two media. The reflection may be specular (i.e. direct) or diffuse according to the nature of the contact surfaces.

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Although our garden feels wintery again today, with another storm moving in, spring time is reflected in the details:  the wildflowers sprouting up in the grass, the unfolding buds, the unexpected jolts of bright color from daffodils and early Magnolia trees. 

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So often what we see simply fulfills whatever we expect to see. 

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The wise tell us that our environment is but a reflection of our own true nature.  

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The beauty around us simply a reflection of the eternal beauty within.

 

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All photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Søren Kierkegaard

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A Beautiful Wildflower

September 3, 2013 garden 011Since our large trees came down, and the former forest near the  street is now enjoying lots of sunlight, many new plants have sprung up.  Some I recognize, some I don’t.  Some get pulled right away, and others we’ve left to see what they would do.

This lovely plant was left alone, partly because its foliage is so pretty.  It began blooming a few days ago.  The purply pink of its blossoms is lovely against the mulch and the green shrubs nearby, and I’m glad I left these native wildflowers to bloom.  September 3, 2013 garden 012The individual blooms are tiny and delicate.  They would be perfect growing in a “fairly garden”

September 3, 2013 garden 016After looking at lots of photos of autumn blooming wildflowers on the internet to try to identify this little plant, I believe it is Desmodium canadense, or “Showy Tick Trefoil”  There are apparently quite a few species of tick trefoil, but they are all distinguished by their three part compound leaves, slender stems, lovely pink to purple flowers, and their seed pods.  In fact, the “tick” part of “Tick Trefoil” refers to how the seed pods stick to fur or clothing when a person or animal brushes against the plant when the seed pods are mature.

Native across much of eastern Canada, this lovely wildflower grows as far south as Virginia in the eastern US, and south into Texas further west.  It grows on the edge of woods, roadsides, or in uncultivated fields; tolerates a variety of soils; and some species can grow to 6′ tall.  It is loved by bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and is a host plant for some species of butterfly.  Because Desmodium canadense is a member of the pea family, it is helpful in fixing nitrogen and improving soil quality.September 3, 2013 garden 017

Although we’re enjoying the lovely blooms, it will be wise to cut back the stems when the blooms fade.  There are enough “ticks” around the garden already, without allowing the sticky seed pods to ripen and cling to whoever, or whatever, brushes past them.

Gardening is endlessly fascinating, partly because there is always a new plant to learn.  This lovely wildflower is an excellent, dependable plant for the wildlife garden.  Nurturing wildflowers and native plants is so important to the web of life.  Even as we purchase and plant more and more hybrids and non-natives, we need to sustain the plants our birds, bees, butterflies, and other wild things depend on for their sustenance.   And, wonder of wonders, the deer leave this Tick Trefoil strictly alone.

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